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British Bikes / Re: Triumph 3ta/5ta rewire from scratch
« on: March 12, 2017, 12:24:03 PM »
Yes thanks for the update,glad to have been of help.

Nothing more satisfying in this hobby than to come out on top of  a problem you thought hard to solve.

I make all my own wiring harnesses when I need one, and from habit I always stick to old Lucas colour codes.

The best bit of advice I ever received was to think of each length of wire as a water pipe, ie if it goes in at one end, and does not come out of then there is a blockage or a leak [ no contact or a short circuit].

I would add you can't have enough earth points,, wherever possible I run all earths back to a common point and that powder coating does not make a good contact for earths.

I prefer solder to crimp joints, because I am an oldfart, but I don't seem to have the trouble others do with solder joints, because I learnt how to solder properly 55yrs ago.

Each to his own.

Identify these bikes! / Re: Another mystery bike to ID
« on: March 07, 2017, 09:20:32 AM »
Good bit of reverse detective work there R, question was indeed re that lass. :)

Its a great photo, who wouldn't jump at a outfit like that?

Anyone got a Felix mascot for my Sunbeam?

« on: March 05, 2017, 10:09:12 PM »
 :-\Just under a grand in pounds, have you tried ebay?, you might be pitching a bit steep for UK today.

Identify these bikes! / Re: Another mystery bike to ID
« on: March 05, 2017, 10:03:11 PM »
Thanks R, yes, I have also come to think Rover would seem to tick most boxes, Haveing enlarged it I think the gearbox with belt drive has been added, hence no chain case and the gap between engine sprocket and crankcase.
pic dtaes from around 1923/4 ish


Identify these bikes! / Another mystery bike to ID
« on: March 05, 2017, 12:56:28 PM »
OK, whats this one?
Photo date mid-1920s.
My first thought was BSA, but its not, its been suggested Rover,I'm not so sure

Druid forks don't suit BSA/Rover /Triumph
Mag is behind engine, chain cum belt drive, I cannot make out a front brake drum or rim

Some letters can be discerned on the crank case, now photo has been cleaned up it could be Rover at a pinch.
I don't place much reliance on the shape of the tank badge as its similar to many others of the era.

Its got electric light, which must be aftermarket stuff.

The shape of the barrel finning is really bugging me as I think I recognise it but can't remember.

Looks as if its a 500cc or up

British Bikes / Re: Chater-Lea
« on: March 05, 2017, 10:38:21 AM »
not popular, is an understatement, but VMCC marque specialist would be the obvious place to turn, even though to do so sticks in my gullet ;).

They'll want access to his wallet though ::) ::)

Now, what Chaterlea has he got is more interesting.

Just start at the beginning and work through it all slowly and methodically, not just the engine but cycle parts a well, if you take it all to bits, you won't ride it again this year.

Its like those ebay listings,

a"fortune spent, just needs finishing, " ;D

What you are finding out is the wisdom of checking over the esentials before worrying over what "looks right".

As for the carb, strip it clean it, seat the float needle, check the washer under the large union.

Try and find out how to adjust the gear change linkage, that would cause jumping out of gear or it could just be the gearbox is buggered.

Personally I don't like the way the rod seems to have been bent to clear the non standard magneto.

British Bikes / Re: Norton (??) brake cable.
« on: March 01, 2017, 04:36:54 PM »
Rear Brake?

British Bikes / Re: Triumph 3ta/5ta rewire from scratch
« on: February 26, 2017, 10:36:29 PM »
A lot of these replacement harnesses do not conform to Lucas colours. Also the makers try to make them suit as many different bike years as possible to maximise profit. So you might well have surplus circuits as well as one that might suit different switch gear
A 5TA one will also suit your bike.

Did you not get a wiring diagram with the new one? I'd go back to where you bought it from for that,should have come with it.

It seems you are to go on a steep learning curve here, wiring is not really as as scary as you'd think, when I need a wiring harness I make my own, buggered if I'll pay the prices asked.

How about you take a good clear photo of the harness laid out flat on a good  flat surface with all its ends laid out and I'll see if I can suss where it all goes?

British Bikes / Re: Triumph 3ta/5ta rewire from scratch
« on: February 26, 2017, 08:36:30 PM »
google is your freind here,  input ' Triumph 3ta wiring diagram', dozens come up, too many for me to sort through.

British Bikes / Re: British motorcycle history
« on: February 26, 2017, 05:12:37 PM »
Ah yes that prime example of workers running the industry they love so well.

Bloody Meridan Co-op, what a bunch of tossers they were.

British Bikes / Re: British motorcycle history
« on: February 26, 2017, 11:49:46 AM »
From my local charity shop I bought two volumes of post war history, first one covers the years 1945-51 and the second 1951-7, very enlightening reading,once because it further informs me of the misery I was born into and of my parents struggles, the end of that leading and continuing into the second volume  is very
enlightening about the machinations of the Labour party and the bloody mindedness of the, mostly welsh and northern led, unions who I hold equally responsible for the destruction of industry.

One side obcessed with dogma and power grabbing, the other with profit and power grabbing.

I've been on strike once in my life, working in a closed shop, had no choice, but it was in support of workers in another industry way up north; I remember thinking how bloody pointless and I 've lost a days wages.

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